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Hotel Santa Catalina

Hotel in Santa Catalina, Panama

View of the Santa Catalina surf break
View of the Santa Catalina surf breakHammocks for relaxingBedroomBasic and clean bathroomsThis can be you!Local architctureIncredible Panama fishingGreat scuba diving as well

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About this property

Hotel Santa Catalina is a 6 room boutique beachfront hotel & hostal located directly in front of the world class surf break in Santa Catalina, Veraguas Province of Panama. The hotels location is ideal for anyone coming to Santa Catalina to surf, dive, fish or just hang out. It is within walking distance from all the restaurants, town center and other beaches. Isla Cebaco and Isla Coiba are within 30 minutes to an hour boat ride from the property. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with memory foam beds, 100% Egyptian cotton bed linens, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with hot water, and en-suite free lockers for dorm rooms. There is also a large thatched roof bohio (rancho) which includes the "Banaba" restaurant, with Direct TV, Internet, and a large lounge area with hammocks, chairs, and tables.

Previously known as Kenny’s Surf Camp (since 1981), in 2010 the hotel has been completely re-designed and re-built, using all natural sustainable materials including stone, rock, clay tile, and local tropical hardwoods. With a blend of Spanish-Colonial and tropical architectural style, this hotel has a unique look and feel.

Santa Catalina is "A perfect point break with long, hollow, powerful waves over volcanic rock bottom. One of the most consistent and biggest surf breaks in Panama, rarely under 4' and as big as 15-20' faces with a good swell." The tides fluctuate up to 18' between high & low tide creating a variety of conditions and strong tidal push. Catalina is best at medium to high tide, however when the swell is over 8 feet, you can normally surf right through the low tide. Low tide gets really shallow and hollow with steep drops and very fast walls. The break is a center peak with rights and lefts, however the rights are a little longer and hollower than the lefts.


  • Board Rentals Nearby
  • Beginner Surf Lessons
  • Kid Friendly
  • Outdoor Shower
  • A/C
  • Wireless Internet
  • Television


  • Diving
  • Hiking


Period Cost
Per Night $70
Per Week $420
Per Month Call for Info


This property is located near Santa Catalina. The reason surfers started coming to the area! Left and right breaks, tall and powerful waves. Best at high and medium tide. Low tide should be left for very experienced surfers with a lot of local knowledge. Very consistent break 80% of the time with the other 20% being knee to head high.

This property is also located near El Estero. Offers a nice sand beach and smaller waves breaking both left and right. A great spot for beginner surfers.

Surf Type

  • Point break
  • Beach break
  • Reef break
  • Right
  • Left
  • Short board
  • Longboard
  • SUP
  • Beginner/Learn to Surf
  • Warm water

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Property Images

View of the Santa Catalina surf break

Hammocks for relaxing


Basic and clean bathrooms

This can be you!

Local architcture

Incredible Panama fishing

Great scuba diving as well

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